8 HUNGARIAN DOG BREEDS – THEIR STORIES

  Different environments and needs determine which type of dog a region develops. In Hungary, there are three different types of dog breeds – livestock protectors, herding dogs, and hunting hounds. HUNGARIAN DOG BREEDS - HERDING DOGS PULI The Puli is a small, herding dog with a long, corded coat. They have been described as a “mop on springs” due to their high energy level.  This breed will need a lot of exercise, and will do best in a very active home. Weighing no more than 35 pounds, the Puli looks to be much larger due to its weatherproof double coat. Lack of size doesn’t make it any less effective as a sheep herder – they’ve been known to jump on a sheep’s back to turn the flock. STATUS Recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1936, the most popular dog breeds rank Pulis at 160 out of 197 registered breeds. Due to their high grooming needs, and near constant need for activity, they are a difficult breed for new dog owners. HISTORY Although the Puli can trace his lineage…

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HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR DOG’S TEETH. WHAT WORKS AND WHAT DOESN’T, AND HOW TO GET EVEN THE MOST DIFFICULT DOG TO COOPERATE.

Just like with humans, dogs collect bacteria from food, stray sticks picked up outside, and anything else that goes into their mouths. Until relatively recently, it was highly unusual for owners to brush their pet’s teeth, so all of that matter was left inside the mouth to rot.  Eventually infection sets in, and results in pain.  You should create a systematic plan for your dog to prevent things from ever getting to the infection stage. HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR DOG'S TEETH As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. REGULAR TOOTH BRUSHING If your dog will tolerate it (and most will, given the proper introduction), daily, or, at minimum, three times a week, tooth brushing is the best way to prevent dental issues.  Train your pet to allow this, the earlier in life, the better, but even older dogs can be acclimatized to dental brushing. TRAINING YOUR DOG TO ALLOW BRUSHING To start, use a strong smelling, moist food that your dog likes. Beef bouillon, moist dog food, chicken broth are good examples. Get some on your finger and massage…

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UNIQUE GIFTS FOR DOG LOVERS AVAILABLE ON ETSY. FIND THE PERFECT GIFT FOR YOUR CANINE LOVING FRIENDS FOR $25.00 OR LESS

  There are loads of unique gifts for dog lovers available on Etsy for the person you want to remember. Whether it's a teacher, hairdresser, distant relation, neighbor, or the mailman, we want to find the perfect little remembrance that makes a present more than just an obligation.  The gifts below would be perfect as stocking stuffers for close friends and family, or "thank you" gifts for the people who make your life a little easier each day. I've limited the sellers to those who have at least a 4.5 star rating.  All items are under a $25.00 price point, but this does not include the shipping charges. All products are reachable by clicking on the photograph. For inexpensive gifts for cat lovers - click here. As an affiliate for Etsy, I earn from qualifying purchases. UNIQUE GIFTS FOR DOG LOVERS AVAILABLE ON ETSY- JEWELRY I'm a semi-fanatic for cute earrings - the more out of the ordinary, the better.  I'm known for my massive collection, and often get comments from complete strangers about my jewelry.  If you're looking for a…

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DOG BREEDS FROM CANADA. LEARN WHICH BREEDS CAME FROM THIS NORTHERN COUNTRY, WHAT THEY ARE LIKE, AND WHICH WOULD MAKE A PERFECT PET FOR YOU?

As is to be expected in a cold climate, Canada is not the home of small or fragile dogs.  Dog breeds from Canada tend to be thick coated, hardy, and large, or smooth coated working dogs – no tiny lapdogs here! Many of Canada’s dog breeds have with thick, water-repellent undercoats able to withstand a harsh, long winter.  Several originated in the far north as working dogs and protectors, others were bred for coastal conditions.  Here are a few you’re familiar with, and a couple you probably have never heard of: CANADIAN ESKIMO DOG STATUS – THREATENED. Fewer than 300 dogs still exist. HISTORY First bred by the Inuit of the Arctic regions, the date of origin of the Canadian Eskimo Dog cannot be determined.  In the years between 1950 and 1970, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police slaughtered thousands of Inuit sled dogs.  Exact figures are unknown, but the loss of canine life was overwhelming. Although the Inuit claim that this was done for intimidation, the RCMP still maintains that it was to weed out diseased animals. Whatever the purpose, the…

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DOGS FOR SENIORS. OVERCOME OBJECTIONS AND FIND THE BEST DOG TO ADOPT NO MATTER WHAT YOUR AGE.

Dogs for seniors - the love and companionship of a pet is a wonderful thing at any age. Owning a dog confers all sorts of health and emotional benefits.  From increasing the owner’s physical fitness to providing unconditional love, dogs give much more than they take.  Yet, it is often difficult for senior citizens to adopt a pet. Here are some of the reasons why, and some of the things you can do to mitigate the mindset.  Seniors should be able to enjoy having pets no matter how old they are. AGEISM Yes, unfortunately, ageism is alive and well at some shelters.  These organizations take one look at your gray  hair and say a resounding “no”.  They don’t advertise this, or ever tell you the reason for a denial.  To avoid these places, read some online reviews. But just because a shelter has some bad reviews doesn’t mean that it’s a bad shelter. Some people who just shouldn’t have a dog due to living arrangements, or past history with pets, will become enraged when their applications are denied.  These are often…

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WHAT VEGETABLES CAN DOGS EAT? HERE’S THE VERDICT ON WHICH COMMON TYPES ARE SAFE AND WHICH ARE TOXIC.

WHAT VEGETABLES CAN MY DOG EAT SAFELY? Below are a few of the more common types of household vegetables.  Some are safe for your dog to have, and some are not. We like to treat them like our children, but dogs are a different species and can’t always safely eat what we do. Although a few vegetables included with your dog’s food, or as a special treat, may add important vitamins or minerals to his diet, remember that dogs are carnivores.  A few carrots, or a piece of broccoli every now and then is fine; but anyone who tells you a dog can live on a vegetarian or vegan diet is wrong.  Trying to force a carnivore into surviving without animal products leads to malnutrition and death.  Dogs do not thrive without meat and other animal products – unlike humans, they are not able to process a diet based entirely on plants, even with supplements. CAN I FEED MY DOG……? ASPARAGUS NUTRITIONAL VALUES Asparagus is a low calorie, high nutrient vegetable.  It contains the following vitamins and minerals: Vitamin C, Vitamin…

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